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Uniform & Model Laws
Uniform laws are model laws drafted by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC, formerly National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, or NCCUSL). State legislatures may vote to adopt these laws with or without revision.
ULC and other organizations also draft model laws not designated as uniform laws, which state legislatures may also vote to adopt with or without revision.
State courts may be influenced by model law drafting history and treatment in other courts when interpreting an adopted provision in their state.
A few of the larger organizations overseeing interstate compacts are listed below.
Before compiling state laws on a particular topic yourself, check to see if a compilation already exists. Updating a pre-existing compilation will be much faster than starting from scratch.
Subject Compilations of State Laws (HeinOnline)
Library location: Ready Reference KF1 .N94
This excellent starting point lists by subject articles, books, government documents, looseleafs, appellate court opinions, court briefs, and Web sites that compile state laws on several hundred topics. Each listing includes a brief annotation noting the location and scope of the cited compilation. Issued annually, the database is cumulative, but each book has only new contents.
Additional Strategies for Seeking Compilations of State Laws
Search the Web (Google)
Conduct a Web search using words related to your topic together with the term “state laws.” To further narrow add a word like survey, or compilation, or comparison. (Note: In addition to Google, there are also lots of other search engines
SuperSearch (Drake Libraries Catalog)
Search the Drake Libraries catalog and a variety of article databases for information on a topic.
Search for your topic and the subject word states or the keywords state laws to find relevant books in this catalog covering many libraries.
Search for an Association
Identify an association with an interest in the topic and see if they have completed any sort of state law survey.
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